Instant Pot Pulled Pork

The most tender and juicy Instant Pot Pulled Pork made with a delicious dry rub and your favorite bbq sauce!

pulled born on bun

IP Pulled Pork FTW!

From game day to summer bbq’s to weeknight meals to lunch meal prep >> pulled pork is such a fun and delicious meal to make! That’s why we’re teaching you how to make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork!

This pork is…

  • tender
  • juicy
  • flavorful
  • Saucy
  • kid-friendly
  • gluten-free
  • easy made paleo
  • easy made keto

The Instant Pot is our favorite way to make bbq pulled pork because you get that tender, juicy texture in almost 1/4 the amount of time as a slow cooker or oven roast!

Cut of Meat

First things first, let’s chat what cut of pork you need for this recipe! Like our Instant Pot Carnitas, this recipe calls for a Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast. Make sure you find a roast that is around 2.5 – 3 lbs.

Did you know >> a boneless pork shoulder roast is also referred to as a pork butt?!

pork roast in instant pot

How to Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Make this wonderful BBQ Pulled Pork in just 6 easy steps! Here’s a quick rundown for yah!

  • Rub: Use our homemade pork rub to add flavor to your roast before cooking! Don’t skimp on this step as it’s super important for flavor!
  • Sear: Sear pork roast on each side for around 2-3 minutes in order to brown. This will add great texture in the end.
  • Deglaze + Saute: Deglaze pot with broth and then cook onions and garlic for a few minutes.
  • Pressure Cook: Add pork roast back into the Instant Pot and seal. Turn Instant Pot to manual > high pressure > and set the timer for 90 minutes. Then, quick release the Instant Pot.
  • Shred: Remove the meat from the Instant Pot and then remove any large pieces of fat. Use 2 forks to shred pork.
  • Sauce: Don’t forget to keep around 1 cup of the liquid from the Instant Pot and discard the rest. Add the liquid to the shredded pork and then add your favorite bbq sauce. Feel free to add as much or as little as you’d like.
pork roast in instant pot

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Cooking Time

A 3 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast will take around 90 minutes on high with a quick release. Remember that the Instant Pot takes time to build pressure, so it will take around 15 minutes to start counting down from 90.

Can you use a bigger roast? Yes, of course, you can! 1. Just make sure it fits in your Instant Pot and 2. Use 90 minutes as a starting point and go from there. You can always check how tender your roast is after 90 minutes and put it back in for longer if it’s not quite there yet.

pulled pork in instant pot

Make it your own!

Shredding Size: Shred the pork as big or as little as your heart desires.

BBQ Sauce Brand: Hoping to keep this gluten-free or keto? Use your favorite BBQ sauce that suits your needs. Remember, that this pork will take on the flavor of the BBQ sauce you use, so make sure it’s a good one!

Amount of BBQ Sauce: Love it nice and saucy? Add more BBQ sauce than we suggest? Or, take it to the other extreme and don’t use BBQ sauce at all!

Serving Suggestions

Get creative with your IP pulled pork and use it in SO MANY WAYS.

  • On a bun
  • In a meal-prep bowl
  • As the meat of a taco!
  • In a lettuce wrap
  • As the base of chili
  • In a burrito


Store pulled pork in an air-tight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Reheat: reheat in the microwave on high or pan fry on the stovetop.

easy instant pot pulled pork with bbq sauce

Instant Pot Pork Recipes


Instant Pot Pulled Pork

The most tender and juicy Instant Pot Pulled Pork made with a delicious dry rub and your favorite bbq sauce!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 8 1x
Category: Meat
Method: Instant Pot
Cuisine: American


  • 23 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast (we used a 2.5 lb roast)
  • 1/4 cup pork rub*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or any kind)
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce


  1. First, (if you haven’t already) mix together all of the dry rub spices in a bowl using a fork to get rid of any lumps! You only need 1/4 cup of this rub, so you can save the rest for later.
  2. Next, rub the spice mixture all over your pork roast with your hands. Be sure that every inch of the roast is covered. Set aside.
  3. Turn on the Instant Pot’s saute feature and add two tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. When olive oil is fragrant add pork roast and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side to brown the pork.
  5. Remove pork from Instant Pot and deglaze your Instant Pot by pouring half of the broth (1/2 cup) onto the bottom of the pot. Scrape all of the brown bits from the bottom the Instant Pot with a spatula.
  6. Next, add onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Then, add the rest of the broth to the Instant Pot and place the pork roast back into the Instant Pot.
  8. Turn off the saute feature and then put the lid on. Seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual high pressure for 90 minutes. It should take a little bit to build pressure before it starts to count down from 90.
  9. Once the timer goes off, quick release the pressure from the Instant Pot and remove the pork roast. Save 1 cup of the cooking liquid for later. Discard the rest of the liquid.
  10. Place the pork back into the Instant Pot and shred it with two forks The pork should shred very easily. If it doesn’t, you likely need to continue cooking.
  11. Once shredded, Pour the remaining cup of cooking liquid and the bbq sauce over the pork and mix well.
  12. Turn the saute feature on the Instant Pot and let the pork cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately on your favorite bun!


  • If you don’t have our pork rub made, here’s what you need: 2 tablespoons brown sugar, ½ tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ tablespoon coarse sea salt, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, and ½ teaspoon ground pepper.
  • To make paleo: use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and use a paleo-friendly bbq sauce.
  • To make keto: omit brown sugar and use a keto-friendly bbq sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 348
  • Sugar: 5
  • Fat: 21
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 25

Photos by: Erin Jensen // The Wooden Skillet

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